Prof. Sergio Pequito gave Center and CS seminar entitled "A Framework for Structural Input/Output and Control Configuration Selection of Complex Networks," hosted by Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski

Professor Sergio Pequito from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering presented the Computer Science and NEST Center seminar entitled: "A Framework for Structural Input/Output and Control Configuration Selection of Complex Networks," hosted by Professor Boleslaw K. Szymanski. The talk describes the control network design that consists mainly of two steps: input/output (I/O) selection, and control configuration (CC) selection. The first one is devoted to the problem of computing how many actuators/sensors are needed and where should be placed in the plant to obtain some desired property. Control configuration is related to the decentralized control problem and is dedicated to the task of selecting which outputs (sensors) should be available for feedback and to which inputs (actuators) in order to achieve a predefined goal. The choice of inputs and outputs affects the performance, complexity and costs of the control system. Due to the combinatorial nature of the selection problem, an efficient and systematic method is required to complement the designer intuition, experience and physical insight. This presentation addresses the structure control system design taking explicitly into consideration the possible application to large - scale systems. The presenter provides an efficient framework to solve the following major minimization problems: i) selection of the minimum number of manipulated/measured variables to achieve structural controllability/observability of the system, and ii) selection of the minimum number of measured and manipulated variables, and feedback interconnections between them such that the system has no structural fixed modes. Contrary to what would be expected, the speaker showed that it is possible to obtain the global solution of the  aforementioned minimization problems in polynomial complexity in the number of the state variables of the system. To this effect, a methodology is proposed that is efficient (polynomial complexity) and unified in the sense that it solves simultaneously the I/O and the CC selection problems. This is done by exploiting the implications of the I/O selection in the solution to the CC problem.